The furious five: NFL's top bet-busting players

Oct 28, 2009 |
The furious five: NFL's top bet-busting players

If there were an NFL statistic for most shredded betting tickets, these guys would be at the top of the list. We take a look at five players that have caused bettors the most anguish so far this season.

Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers

The 34-year-old Louisiana native hasn't recovered from his brutal performance against the Cardinals in last year's playoffs, when he was intercepted five times and lost a fumble in Carolina's 33-13 loss. Delhomme opened this season with a four-interception outing against the Eagles, and things haven't gotten any better since.

He leads the league with 13 picks and has a miserable 56.5 QB rating through six games. The Panthers have a -14 turnover ratio this season, easily the worst in the NFL. Carolina coach John Fox's hands have been tied by the hefty contract extension the Panthers gave Delhomme in the offseason, but Fox has hinted he is considering switching to A.J. Feeley or Matt Moore for this weekend's game in Arizona. The Panthers are 1-5 against the spread this year.

Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans

The only similarity between last year and this season for Collins is his salt-and-pepper beard. His recent play is turning Tennessee backers' hair grey as well. A year after going 13-3 straight up and 12-4 ATS, the Titans have failed to win any of their six games and are just 1-5 ATS.

Collins is a major reason why, throwing only five touchdown passes and being intercepted eight times. He hit rock bottom in Tennessee's 59-0 loss to New England in Week 6, averaging -0.7 yards per pass attempt (no, that's not a typo) and posting a QB rating of 4.9. Although Tennessee owner Bud Adams wants coach Jeff Fisher to replace Collins with Vince Young this weekend, Fisher hasn't said who will start under centre against the Jaguars.

JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders

Russell's struggles at the helm of the hapless Raiders offense this season have been well documented. He has thrown eight interceptions to only two TD passes, has completed just 46.3 per cent of his attempts and owns a 47.2 QB rating.

It appeared Oakland coach Tom Cable had finally seen enough last weekend, hooking Russell at halftime of the Raiders' 38-0 home loss to the Jets. But Russell will apparently be Oakland's starting QB once again this weekend when the Raiders visit the Chargers.

"If I know JaMarcus, he'll learn from this and he'll grow," Cable told reporters. "And he'll have a good week and go out on Sunday and play like he's supposed to and is capable of."

Note to Tom: that's not necessarily a good thing. Oakland is 3-4 against the spread.

Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs

Johnson was one of the league's premier running backs as recently as four years ago, scoring the second-most touchdowns in the NFL in both 2005 and 2006. Now, the Penn State product isn't even averaging three yards a carry and hasn't reached the end zone through seven games. Sure, the KC offensive line isn't what it used to be, but the Chiefs still average 3.5 yards a run as a team.

If his play wasn't enough to get him benched or even released, Johnson was sent home from practice this week two days after he criticized head coach Todd Haley and made inflammatory remarks about homosexuals on Twitter. Haley said the disciplinary action was not a suspension and that there are a "lot of possibilities" how the Chiefs will deal with LJ in the near future. KC is 1-6 against the number this season.

Domonique Foxworth, Baltimore Ravens

There are a few candidates for this list on the Ravens' slumping defense, which ranks 19th overall and 23rd against the pass. But we'll single out cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who was signed during the offseason for $16.5 million guaranteed. Baltimore has given up 20 or more points in four of six games. Brett Favre picked Foxworth and the Ravens secondary apart in Week 6, throwing for three touchdowns and completing 75 percent of his passes in a 33-31 Vikings victory.

According to a recent New York Times article, the 5-foot-11 Foxworth has struggled because he isn't physical enough in coverage. The Ravens have uncharacteristically gone over the total in four of their six games and are 3-3 against the spread.

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